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Lockwood: The toxic VA must face reform and accountability

Guest Contributor

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an absolute disgrace and must be reformed so that we can live up to our promises to our veterans, who have sacrificed everything in the name of duty and honor. Politicians who pay lip service to our veterans but vote against their interests must be shamed and held accountable for their disingenuous and, frankly, questionable actions.

News from Yesteryear

GOP rivals Holtzman, Beauprez trade charges; Andrews challenges Neil Bush on his dad’s 'no new taxes' pledge

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The fur was positively flying in the fight between Republican gubernatorial candidates Marc Holtzman and U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez. The Holtzman crew had hired a former FBI agent to “fortify” its headquarters, said campaign manager Dick Leggitt.

From the statehouse to the courthouse

Gibbs enjoys tackling local issues in second term as Summit County commissioner

The Colorado Statesman

BRECKENRIDGE — Dan Gibbs is in a good place: Summit County, where he is one of three members of the Board of County Commissioners, a job he’s held for five years.

It’s a different life for the 38-year old Gibbs, who spent four sessions at the state Capitol: one year in the House and three in the Senate. He decided in 2010 to forego the life of a rural senator and head home for good, or at least for a good while.

National fractivists boost movement with summit, march on state Capitol

The Colorado Statesman

If last weekend’s Stop the Frack Attack national summit in Denver was any indication, the days of seeking local moratoriums, tighter regulations and studies on hydraulic fracturing may be over.

Activists from 30 states made it clear they will settle for nothing less than a prohibition on fracking, as organizers called on attendees to “escalate the fight between communities and the oil and gas industry.”

‘Prosecutor’s prosecutor’ Hautzinger departs district attorney job for federal position

The Colorado Statesman

Pete Hautzinger has a pile of unfinished murder-case files in his office. He has just added a new manslaughter case to his workload. And he has great interest in seeing those criminal matters through to the end.

But after 11 years as the 21st Judicial District Attorney, Hautzinger is resigning his elected position and taking a job heading up the Grand Junction branch of the U.S. Attorney's office. He will have moved on well before any of those cases are resolved.

Guest Commentary

Nordberg: Repeal oil export ban for security’s sake

Guest Contributor

Protection. It’s a powerful motivator.

It’s why we fund defense and intelligence to keep us safe from those in the world who don’t share our values and wish us harm. It’s why we lock our doors at night to provide confidence and comfort for our loved ones. It’s the motivation behind keeping us from exporting crude oil. We need to take care of our own first and insulate ourselves from the vagaries and volatility of an unpredictable global market.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Outside money from both sides in Jeffco school races


Why in your Oct. 2 article on the Jeffco School Board election were some who support the recall shocked over outside money that may have come into this election? There is hardly an election anymore that does not involve some outside money. The recall effort itself has had a large amount of funding from outside sources, including the national teachers union and others. Paid signature gatherers, who seemed to have no idea about the issues, canvased our neighborhoods seeking signatures. Anyone who thinks this is totally a grassroots effort had better take a closer look at the total funding and participation in the recall.

Scott considers jumping in GOP U.S. Senate primary

The Colorado Statesman

State Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, confirmed this week that he’s considering running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet.

If he jumps in — he said he’s in no rush to decide — Scott would join a crowded primary field that grew larger last week when state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, officially launched his campaign. Others in the race include El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez and activist Charlie Ehler.

Local-control drilling rules skewered by both sides

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s chief regulatory agency for oil and gas drilling on Tuesday released new rules to give local governments more control over industry operations, but community activists are largely unimpressed and appear poised to ratchet up the battle at the ballot box next year.


George who?

All that talk about what a formidable candidate Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler might have been in a potential run for the U.S. Senate next year appears to have been based on what the guidance counselors call strong potential rather than facts on the ground.

According to a poll conducted last month at the height of speculation over whether the Aurora theater trial prosecutor would jump in the race, the boyish DA isn’t very well known outside the courtroom, despite heavy coverage of what some dubbed the Trial of the Century.